River Action's fifth annual Floatzilla Aug. 16

Originally Posted Online: July 14, 2014, 3:08 pm
Last Updated: July 15, 2014, 3:48 pm
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Press release submitted by River Action.

River Action will host its fifth annual Floatzilla from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.
The family event is held yearly to promote recreational water trails, canoeing, kayaking, and safe paddling. Participants can spend the day paddling from five launch sites along the Mississippi. All of the paddling routes culminate at 2 p.m. at Lake Potter/Sunset Park, Rock Island, for a traditional group photo and an effort to break the world record for the largest connected raft of canoes and kayaks. That record of 2099 is held by Suttons Bay, Mich., 2013. All are welcome at Lake Potter for kayak and canoe demonstrations, live music, food and paddlesports vendors.
Mississippi River paddles are available for all skill levels:
Empire Park, East Moline -- 11 miles, lock-through Lock & Dam 15. Limited space.
Ben Butterworth Parkway, Moline -- nine miles, lock-through Lock & Dam 15. Limited space.
Main Street Boat Launch, Davenport -- three miles, participants paddle back to Credit Island.
Marquette Street Boat Launch, Davenport -- two miles, participants paddle back to Credit Island.
Credit Island, Davenport -- 1/2 mile each way, participants paddle back to Credit Island.
Lake Potter, Rock Island -- No river paddling needed.
Registration is $20 per paddler and includes one Floatzilla t-shirt, decal, free parking, and shuttles to and from the off-site parking. Late registration after August 14, is $25. T-Shirts and decals are subject to availability after Aug. 1.
Brochures with an official 2013 Group Photo are available at the River Action office, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport.


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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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